Collectables run from simple to eccentric

February 26, 2019

Alyssa sat in her room admiring her collection of glass figurines. She’s been collecting them since she was five years old. Alyssa’s grandmother died that year, and collecting was a way for Alyssa to remember her grandmother.

Many people begin collections for a variety of reasons. Some may start for reasons such as Alyssa’s, or they may collect for their own personal leisure.

“I started collecting toys when I was six years old,” senior Lei’Sahe Coble said. “I began collecting My Littlest Pet shop, not only because I wanted cute tiny pets, but I wanted to be friends with two little girls that lived in my neighborhood, who had a huge collection of Littlest Pet Shop, My Little Pony, and Barbie dolls.”

Sometimes becoming a collector can be an unexpected hobby.

“When I was eight years old I would dig up rocks in my driveway,” senior Jada Crowe said. “I didn’t realize I was collecting them until I noticed they were all over my room.”

The simplest things can bring everyone joy and happiness when collecting is done together.

“I started collecting video games when I was five years old,” senior Nate Fonseca said. “My siblings were a huge influence on me because it was something that we could do together.”

Collecting can also be something that we pick up from a family member or even friends.

“My older brother used to create things with coal so he taught me a few things about it and now I’m hooked on searching and creating things with coal,” junior Caleb Shaffer said. “Thus beginning my coal collection.”

Sometimes collecting can make someone feel close to loved ones that have passed.

My grandpa used to collect them, once he died I picked up collecting and learning about knives and swords. It’s the best memory of him.”

— senior Noah Gray

“I’ve been collecting knives since I was twelve because they are useful tools,” senior Noah Gray said.

Collecting is like experimenting, you can try something and if that doesn’t work, try something else.

“I started collecting coal because the wood wouldn’t heat the metal up enough, and charcoal burns up too quickly and doesn’t work as good as coal,” Shaffer said.

Over time, people often consider giving up their collections. This could come from personal or familial pressure.

“I do it because I never gave up the one [collection] I had growing up,” Coble said. “My toys mean a lot to me. I stopped collecting when I was 15 because my grandparents didn’t like it but since it made me happy my mom got me more when I was 16. The more toys I got, the more I can put on display.”

Collecting can be fun for some people, but for others it’s a coping mechanism.

“I play with butterfly knives to keep me from fidgeting, to entertain me and keep me focused, and because of the risk and reward,” Gray said.

Little trinkets and other cool things entice people to make them start collecting.

“Toys fascinate me because someone was able to come up with these things out of the blue and make a whole world,” Coble said.

Over time collections grow as more items are added.

I have 111 My Littlest Pet Shop, seven L.O.L dolls, ten Funko Pop Figures, and 26 Squishies”

— senior Lei’Sahe Coble

Sometimes people combine their collection with those of family members or friends.

“I currently have around 20 different knives,” Gray said. “Most of them are in a safe at my grandma’s. In the end, I don’t think I will have enough knives.”

People like Shaffer don’t collect to keep, they collect to make and sell.

“I have been collecting and using coal for about two years now,” he said. “I currently have about 80-90 lbs of coal at my brother’s house. I would like to make and sell things like ornaments, knives, spoons, spearheads etc. It helps keep me busy.”

Every good thing comes to an end, collecting can stay with us and be passed through our family or it can just end with us.

“I am still collecting till this day,” Coble said. “I’ll eventually stop once I run out of enough room.”

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